dirty lil secret - confessions of a yogini

dear bendy yogi,

the cleaning of my yoga mat has been well overdue for a looooooong time (check out the pic if you don't believe me, you can probably make out a 'dirt angel' if you look).
in the midst of my spring cleaning this past weekend i decided to add cleaning my yoga mat to my list of things to do [read: clean].

the directions on my kulae organic yoga mat
cleaner suggested a few ways to clean my mat, depending on the level of dirtiness (e.g., daily cleaning, medium cleaning & deep cleaning & restoration).

i, obviously, opted for the deep cleaning & restoration option, which instructed me to:
  • spray the mat directly with the solution.
  • let it soak for 3 minutes.
  • follow with a wet cloth & work it into a lather.
  • rinse, wipe & air dry.
  • repeat if necessary.

in my case the repeat was necessary, so i did all the aforementioned steps twice. it definitely cleaned up my mat, but i think this sucker will wear the badges of hours of down dog for life. all in all, i think it worked well (considering my filthy circumstances)! also, it now has a great citrus scent so at the very least my mat smells clean & fresh - despite some the permanent scars. in the future i'd love to be a "daily cleaner" - here's hoping!

-twisty twin

sound familiar?

show 'mat' some respect & commit to a cleanliness routine, after all it is a basic yoga sutra.

here are some options (now you have no excuse):
  • a diy recipe - you'll need a spray bottle, water, & a few drops of the essential oil tea tree & lavender.

now fess up & cast your vote: how often do you wash your yoga mat?

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